The Peter Löscher Chair of Business Ethics explores the conditions for ethical behavior in a globalized and pluralistic world. In this sense, our research is dedicated to the socio-economic order framework and the institutional environment in which individuals interact. This includes the analysis of incentives, as well as the examination of ethical categories which fit into our contemporary world. The goal of our research is to develop institutional design recommendations and give orientation to actors in business, politics and society who face ethical challenges.
We would like to inform you about the following publication of Prof. Lütge:
ICIS 2019 SIGHCI Workshop Panel Report: Human–Computer Interaction Challenges and Opportunities for Fair, Trustworthy and Ethical Artificial Intelligence. AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, 12(2), pp. 96-108 (with Lionel Robert and Gaurav Bansal), Link.
On June 22, Prof. Lütge has given an online lecture at the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence on the topic "AI and Sustainability" in the panel "AI Ethics, Governance and Sustainable Development" (人工智能伦理、治理与可持续发展专题论坛). Click herefor further information.
On Monday, 10, Professor Erik Angner (Stockholm University) delivered a zoom-lecture on Epistemic Humility – Knowing Your Limits in a Pandemic and on the implications of the CoVid-19 crisis on the academic debate.
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“Short-term decisions can have a long-term impact on our world”
The weapons deployed in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic also include artificial intelligence. AI might be able to recognize patterns in the spread of the disease, for example. These new possibilities raise ethical issues, however. Christoph Lütge holds the Chair of Business Ethics and is the director of the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He has joined colleagues from other respected universities and research institutions to establish the Global AI Ethics Consortium.
Prof. Lütge, you have teamed up with researchers at such institutions as the University of Tokyo, New York University and the University of Cambridge to found an Artificial Intelligence Ethics Consortium. Why?
Countless AI and Big Data research projects are springing up all over the world. These projects have the potential to influence political decisions and could shape the healthcare systems of the future. We see a danger of short-term decisions being made amid the urgency of the current crisis having a long-term impact on our world. In many cases, ethical questions arising with the use of new technologies have not even been recognized – let alone answered.
Could you give us an example?
One issue relates to questions of privacy and data protection in software intended to track the spread of epidemics. Such software is already in use in various countries and is currently being developed for the EU as well.
What is the goal of the Global AI Ethics Consortium?
We need ethical standards as a basis for the political decisions on artificial intelligence and the related software development. These standards cannot stand in the way of innovation or the fight against epidemics, but must block negative effects of AI right from the start.
What exactly will you be doing in the coming months?
The consortium will make its expertise available to other research teams and will also launch its own projects. At the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence at TUM, for example, we will collect proposals in May for new interdisciplinary research projects related to the covid-19 pandemic and provide up to one year of funding for the best ones. Because sharing ideas is crucial to success, we will of course ensure that the project teams are networked with the other members of the consortium. In addition, we will create a repository for all research results on ethics in artificial intelligence in the context of the covid-19 crisis and make it accessible.
“The time for analysing how AI is deployed -whom it affects, how it affects them, what are its broader social and economic impacts- is now.”
The COVID-19 crisis has already changed daily life in innumerable ways, and it will continue to have a significant impact as it shifts global opinion, politics, and approaches to combating pandemics and crises of all kinds. Among the many areas, its effects are being felt is in the field of technology, and in particular society’s attitudes toward the potential -and risks- of Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for tackling COVID-19.
The various uses of AI to manage pandemics, as well as the ethical challenges related to them, require multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder engagement as well as international collaboration on developing AI governance.
To this end, the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence has led the way in the creation of the Global AI Ethics Consortium (GAIEC), joining forces with academic institutions, research centers and distinguished members of academia worldwide in order to foster trust in data and technology, maximize the potential of AI while limiting its harms, help all the involved parties navigate current uncertainty and create ethical frameworks.
The newly founded Global AI Ethics Consortium (GAIEC) on Ethics and the Use of Data and Artificial Intelligence in the Fight Against COVID-19 and other Pandemics aims to:
- Support immediate needs for expertise related to the COVID-19 crisis and the emerging ethical questions related to the use of AI in managing the pandemic.
- Create a repository that includes avenues of communication for sharing and disseminating current research, new research opportunities, and past research findings.
- Coordinate internal funding and research initiatives to allow for maximum opportunities to pursue vital research related to health crises and the ethical use of AI.
- Discuss research findings and opportunities for new areas of collaboration.
Read the Statement of Purpose and find out more about the Global AI Ethics Consortium and its founding members: Christoph Lütge (TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, Technical University of Munich), Mark Findlay (Centre for AI and Data Governance, Law School, Singapore Management University), Jean-Gabriel Ganascia (LIP6-CNRS, Sorbonne Université), Ken Ito and Kan Hiroshi Suzuki (The University of Tokyo), Jeannie Marie Paterson (Centre for AI and Digital Ethics, University of Melbourne), Huw Price (Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge), Stefaan G. Verhulst (The GovLab, New York University), Adrian Weller (The Alan Turing Institute), and Yi Zeng (Research Center for AI Ethics and Safety, Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence).
On April 3, Prof. Lütge gave an interview in the German Tagesschau, which was dedicated to the issue "morality in the Corona Crisis".
On 21.01.2020 Prof. Lütge gave a lecture on the ethics of AI at the ITU Workshop on Explainable AI of the new Focus Group on AI for Autonomous and Assisted Driving (FG-AI4AD). The International Telecommunications Union is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Further information about the workshop and the focus group can be found here.
We would like to draw your attention to the following interview of Prof. Lütge with the German newspaper "Die Zeit". You can find the link here.
We would like to draw your attention to the following interview by Prof. Lütge in the Porsche Engineering Magazine on the subject of "Conscience of Artificial Intelligence". You can find the link here.
Prof. Lütge was included by Tyto in the list of the 100 most influential German influencers in the field of tech and was ranked as the one of the most prominent AI influencers (No. 3). It is the first purely data-driven ranking that measures the social, online and offline presence and reach of academics, entrepreneurs, politicians and technology experts.
More information can be found here.
We would like to draw your attention to the following publication:
Lütge, Christoph; Lütge, Christiane; Faltermeier, Markus (Eds.):
The Praxis of Diversity Palgrave
Macmillan 2020: Link
The following publication has been published:
Christoph Bartneck, Christoph Lütge, Alan R. Wagner, Sean Welsh:
Ethik in KI und Robotik
Hanser Fachbuch 2019: Link
From October, 23-24, 2019 Prof. Lütge participated in the German-Czech Innovation Conference on Artificial Intelligence.
Photo courtesy: Václav Bacovský
In attendance of Minister of State Dorothee Bär, Federal Government Commissioner for Digital Affairs, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) officially opened the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence today. At the event the new institute's first research projects at the interface of ethics and artificial intelligence (AI) were presented – in areas ranging from AI in autonomous vehicles to regulatory issues.
TUM has been studying the complex interactions of science, technology and society since 2012 through the work of the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), which was established under the 2012 Excellence Initiative. As part of the MCTS, the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI) will focus on ethical implications of artificial intelligence. The US company Facebook is supporting this TUM initiative by a 6.5 million euro donation not subject to any conditions or expectations.
At today's opening symposium for the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI) at TUM, Dorothee Bär, the Federal Government Commissioner for Digital Affairs, said: “To some extent, machine learning algorithms are already playing a role in choosing the news articles we read. But the possible applications extend far beyond that, for example into such areas as medical diagnostics. These far-reaching technological changes raise many ethical issues. It is a good thing that TUM is getting involved in addressing these issues.”
Creating trustworthy AI
With the IEAI, TUM aims to combine its traditional strengths in science and technology fields with the humanities and social sciences, creating a force to shape the kind of AI technologies that will earn trust and acceptance in society. “As a technical university, we can effectively contribute to social progress only if we align our technological innovations with the values, needs and expectations of people,” said TUM president Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann. “This guiding principle of human-centered engineering permeates TUM's future agenda for research, innovation and the education of our students.” To that end, the IEAI will bring together talented researchers in medicine, natural sciences and engineering to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams with partners from the fields of social sciences and ethics. With total funding of approximately 2.3 million euros, TUM is now kicking off the first research projects:
- Autonomous driving ethics
- An AI-based medical ethical advisor system
- Understanding the dynamics of hate speech and fake news
- Personalized AI-based interventions against online norm violations
- Trust in AI through meaningful regulation
- AI for a human-centered Industry 4.0
Prof. Lütge will be visiting researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University in September 2019.
8.1. Munich Lecture by Prof. Lütge at the Munich Ethics Competence Center of the LMU
16.1. Eichstätt Lecture by Prof. Lütge at the KU Eichstätt
21.1. London Keynote by Prof. Lütge at the ITU Workshop on Explainable AI of the new Focus Group on AI for Autonomous and Assisted Driving (FG-AI4AD)
23.1 Passau Panel discussion at the University of Passau
31.1 Munich Cafe Luitpold: Salon Luitpold La Nuit des Idées: Life and AI - A contradiction? (with Prof. Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, President of the Comité d'éthique du CNRS)
24.2. Oslo Lecture by Prof. Lütge at the BI Norwegian Business School
28.2. Tromsø Lecture by Prof. Lütge at Tromsø University
6-7.3. Tutzing Cooperation conference "Ethics in Artificial Intelligence" with the Academy for Political Education Tutzing
19.3. St. Gallen Keynote by Prof. Lütge at the St. Gallen Leadership Day
Christoph Lütge and Christoph Strosetzki (ed.)
2019 The Honorable Merchant – Between Modesty and Risk-Taking
Springer 2018: Link